Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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This Sunday's Service
Share the Plate
Mental Health Ministry
Stone Garden
Black & White Gala
Common Read
Choir Benefit Concert
Board Meeting
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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September 10, 2014
Greetings!Jeremy Nickel  

As it always does, this congregational year has begun with much energy!  This past Sunday we enjoyed our annual inter-generational Water Communion service. This year our five stations took us all over the Mission Peak UU campus, where we listened to, touched, painted with, sung about, played with and in many other ways learned from water.

And then after the service we continued to enjoy each others company while we ate delicious food and welcomed two new members of our staff, Director of Religious Education Elijah Stephens and our Ministerial Intern Dawn Fortune.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet them both, I hope you do soon.  I am personally thrilled to have them both with us!

One final and important note:  This Sunday, September 14, following the service we will have a calendaring event.  If you know any holiday, event, tradition, meeting or important moment in the life of our community that should occur sometime in the next year, please come and add it to our calendar!

That is all for now!

Yours in the unfolding,


Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632 


Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur 11am-6pm


Available by appointment all days except Monday
This Sunday's Service - September 14, 2014

Street Art, The Canvass of Life

Theology means the study of god, which sounds pretty heavy. But really it is the history of the conversation humans have been having for thousands of years about all the exciting questions. I believe many people have been turned off from this conversation not because they lack interest, but because it has been so dominated by a calcified image of god for so long. My mission in life is to remind people that no one gets to define your relationship with this universe but you. And on this morning, through a brief picture tour of incredible street art, we will talk about an entirely different way to imagine this conversation. I hope you can join us.

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Rev. Barbara Meyers.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.


Share the Plate
Share the Plate September

This coming Sunday September 14th, Share the Plate Sunday starts back up again. We will have Tina Fernandez from SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) visiting our Congregation. SAVE is an essential nonprofit in Fremont. It works tirelessly to help protect victims of domestic violence. This is done through several programs. There is a 24 hour hotline which people can call. SAVE provides an emergency shelter and also longer term housing. Clients can obtain individual counseling, as well as drop in support groups. SAVE knows that relationship abuse can happen to anyone. They assist any victim of domestic violence regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, language spoken, or geographic location. If language is a barrier, SAVE uses a confidential interpreter service to communicate with the caller or client in her/his chosen language. SAVE's many services are free and completely confidential.


If you are interested in becoming a Domestic Violence counselor, the training is coming up on October 3rd. Please check out the website to find out more: Become a DV Counselor/Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE)/Fremont CA

To find out more about SAVE in general, go to SAVE/Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments/Located in Fremont, Southern Alameda County.


If you would like to donate to SAVE this coming Sunday, please come prepared with cash or a check made out to SAVE. All cash and checks collected will go to the nonprofit that very day!


If you have a local nonprofit that you think ought to be highlighted in our Share the Plate program, please contact Natalie Campbell at nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com.

Mental Health Ministry
Mental Health Ministry - New Faces of Hope and Resilience Video

Kathryn Lum - In her late teens, Kathryn Lum started hearing disembodied voices and became very depressed. Hear how she navigated her life and how she has now found peace and a fulfilling career.


Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister

Stone Garden
Update on the Stone Garden

Location: Stone Garden (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)


We have delivered over 500 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to the food pantry at Tri-Cities! The Stone Garden has hit our goal and there is more to come!


Next Work Party:

Sunday, September 14th 12:30-3:30pm

Looking for 6 volunteers to bring old manure from Nursery site, level new porta potty area and move porta potty to new area, organize reusable materials and place in container, organize back fence and cover with cardboard and mulch.



Sunday, October 12th 11:30-1:30

Harvest Celebration at the Stone Garden

More details coming soon!


Join the Stone Garden Volunteer Email List:


Want to volunteer without getting dirty? We have that! Get details and the latest information by subscribing to the garden volunteer list (sent once a week):



Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601
Black & White Gala

Black & White Gala - Something You Can Do To Help Out RIGHT NOW!!


November 15th may seem like a long way off, but it's actually right around the corner.  You'll be hearing lots more from us about the Black & White Gala over the next two months, but right now...WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!! We need your reviews of the event, auction items, boutique items, and theme baskets that you've purchased/won in the past.  What is the best thing you've ever purchased? Why was it so great? What would you like to see someone donate for the auction or the boutique or the basket raffle?  What do you want to buy again? Please send all reviews/requests to Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com (and if you really like something that someone donated and you want to purchase it again...ask them personally to donate it again.  Flattery will get you everywhere!!)

Common Read
Get Ready for the Next Common Read!

Each year a book is chosen for a Common Read by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the UUA. The Unitarian Universalist Association recently announced the 2014-15 common read, and copies were ordered by our Social Justice Committee.
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Rasor (Skinner House Books, 2013) asserts that conservative Christianity is not the only valid religious voice in our national social policy. The 2014-15 Common Read invites Unitarian Universalists to explore and claim our contribution, as religious liberals, to the pressing moral and ethical debates of our contemporary world.

Mission Peak UU will participate in the Common Read this fall. Ten copies of the book  will be available for purchase after the service for $13.60 each starting this Sunday. The Committee plans a service on the topic of the book on Sunday, October 5th and a followup discussion on Sunday, November 2nd

Why Participate? A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Let's read it together!  More books will be ordered as needed.
Choir Benefit Concert!
Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU September Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, September 11 at Colleen Arnold's home at 7:00 p.m.

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President DeAnna Alm at president@mpuuc.org.


Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming schedule

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.

Coffee Hours to resume in the Fall
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

September 7
Potluck at Mission Peak UU 11:15-2 p.m.

 Board Mtg  7 p.m.
Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers in Concert 7 PM
After Service Calendaring Event
Oct. 1
Stone Garden Harvest Celebration
11:30-12:30 pm

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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